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2017 Audi S5 Coupe verdict and specs

New turbocharged V6 engine for range-topping A5 makes it a fast but straight-laced coupΓ©

Words ByMatt Saunders

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Should I buy one?

Any sort of driver’s car that doesn’t quite hit the spot on performance or dynamic entertainment can only earn qualified praise, and there’s no mistaking that the Audi S5 is vulnerable to criticism for its effective but slightly anodyne engine, and its secure but straight-laced handling. If you want a fast coupΓ© that’s fun to drive over and above everything else, there are plenty of better ways to spend your money.

But if your tastes are more mature and pragmatic, with everyday, any-weather, any-occasion use in mind, you should definitely consider the S5. It might not excite quite as vividly as some, but as something to live with and to appreciate at a relaxed pace as well as a hurried one, it’s a strong contender.


What Car? says...

Rated 4 out of 5


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Rivals:

Mercedes-AMG C43 CoupΓ©

BMW 440i M Sport


Audi S5 Quattro CoupΓ©

Engine size 3.0 turbo petrol

Price from Β£47,000

Power 349bhp

Torque 369lb ft

0-62mph 4.7sec

Top speed 155mph

Fuel economy (official combined) 38.2mpg

CO2/BIK band 170g/km/31%

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